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A warm welcome and a helping hand to anyone researching their roots in 'Selig' Suffolk, land of the southern folk.

SUFFOLK ROOTS

The next issue is nearing completion and is due to be delivered to members early in September.

The theme for the December issue is *Policing in Suffolk*. Your contributions on the history of Suffolk's force(s,) from introduction to the present day, will be very much welcomed.

Did you or a family member serve in the county's police - either many years ago or more recently? Do you have a tale to tell of someone who was on "the other side" of the law?

Perhaps you have reason to be grateful for the men and women who served their community - or maybe you have some amusing true stories to share.

The deadline for receipt of these and all other articles for the December issue is October 20th.

See the Suffolk Roots page on this site for more about the Journal and who to contact.
(added 2 August 2015)

THE SOCIETY CELEBRATES ITS 40th

On Saturday July 4th, at Needham Market Community Centre in central Suffolk, members gathered to celebrate the fortieth birthday of Suffolk Family History Society.

At the 40th anniversary buffet Click on the images in this article to see larger photographs.

Originally named Suffolk Genealogy Society and founded in Lowestoft in 1975 the society soon spawned several regional Groups, each with their own programme of locally based activities, six of which continue to meet regularly today.

Originally named Suffolk Genealogy Society and founded in Lowestoft in 1975 the society soon spawned several regional Groups, each with their own programme of locally based activities, six of which continue to meet regularly today.

At the 40th anniversary buffet The official reception saw the gathering of some 70 members, several of whom were amongst the very first to join the society or one of its groups. Those attending certainly made excellent use of the opportunity to chat, to renew old friendships and to recall past and present achievements of the society.

At the 40th anniversary buffet The current Chairman, Doug Howlett, welcomed everyone to the reception and thanked them for their much valued support and selfless contribution which has extended over many years - since the very beginning, in the case of several of those present!

At the 40th anniversary buffet Kate Chantry, responding on behalf of Suffolk Record Office wished the society well in the future and expressed congratulations and gratitude for its publishing ventures; long standing co-operation with SRO and the valuable work it has done on the transcription of records all of which has played a significant part in facilitating the services that SRO are able to offer those seeking the advice and assistance of her staff at the three branch offices of the service.

At the 40th anniversary buffet After a buffet lunch, which was provided by the society, members' conversation continued well into the afternoon and was generally agreed to have been a very enjoyable celebration of an important society milestone.
Added 9 July 2015

NEW BAPTISM CD

We're pleased to announce the latest CD in our Baptism Index Series: Fordham Deanery 1813*-1900* [BPI-09/P1].

Fordham Deanery (1813-1900) Fordham Deanery CD covers 19 Anglican parishes in the north west corner of the county including both Newmarket All Saints & St Mary. Full details of parishes, including exact years*, can be found in our listings of Suffolk Parishes.

The CD completes our coverage, 1754-1900*, of the west of county and special thanks to our dedicated team of helpers involved with this.
(added 5 July 2015)

40th ANNIVERSARY

Members marked the Society’s 40th anniversary at a special party with Patron Derek Palgrave performing the cutting of the celebratory cake.

40th Anniversary Cake

Over those successful years much has been achieved including indexing of Suffolk 1851 Census and 1813-37 Marriages. Members involved are pictured below with published booklets in hand.

SFHS 40th transcribers

(left to right): Derek Palgrave, Anne Smith, Mary Rix, Sandra Stevens, Les Button, Pamela Palgrave, Elizabeth Arkieson, Trevor Rix, and Sheila Catchlove.
(added 5 July 2015)

SUFFOLK SCHOOL REGISTERS

Admission registers for some 165 National Schools right across the county from Lakenheath to Lowestoft and Eye to East Bergholt are now searchable on Find My Past.

Each record between 1870 and 1914 comprises a transcript and a colour image of the original register with a range of information varying from school to school.

For details of the schools and years covered click here.

Access to FMP is free at Libraries and Record Offices in Suffolk and some other counties.
(added 1 Jun 2015)

NEW BAPTISM CD

Blackbourn Deanery (1812-1900) We're pleased to announce the latest CD in our Baptism Index Series:

Blackbourn Deanery 1813*-1900* [BPI-08/P1]. Covering 34 Anglican parishes to the north & north-east of Bury St Edmunds up to the Norfolk border. Full details of parishes, including years*, in our listings: Suffolk Parishes.

Special thanks to all our dedicated helpers both in and out of county who’ve worked on this.
(added 26 Apr 2015)

BOOK RESEARCH

Pip Wright, whom I'm sure many of you know, is researching a book about Suffolk history in the Charity School in Earl Stonham. He would like more information about the schoolmaster and boys for a class in 1732. If you think that you might be able to help then click here for details.
(added 19 Apr 2015)

NEW BAPTISM CD

We're pleased to announce the latest CD in our Baptism Index Series:

Hoxne Deanery (1754-1812) Hoxne Deanery 1754-1812* [BPI-12/P2] in the north east of the county and covering 25 Anglican parishes between Mendham in the north and Saxtead in south. Full details of parishes, including years*, in our listings: Suffolk Parishes.

Special thanks to our team of dedicated helpers working at the Ipswich Record Office and from home..
(added 5 Mar 2015)

40th ANIVERSARY

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The Society has its foundation in Lowestoft in 1975. If you were an early or perhaps even a founding member, we would love to hear what you recall of those early days.

Did you play a role in the subsequent establishment of the Regional Groups - or have you a story to tell about more recent years? And in this ever- changing world of on-line data access how would you like to see the Society tackle the next 40 years. Whether amusing or annoying; of friendships or frustration; about the past, the present or the future we'd love to hear from you.

Suffolk Roots editor Geoff Dennish is co-ordinating this work and would love to hear from you: by post: at 12 Hall Road, Stowmarket, IP14 1TN or Email
(added 29 Jan 2015)

NEWCOMERS TAKE SHIELD

Winners of Christmas Quiz The Jean Evan’s Memorial Shield was again keenly contested at the Haverhill Christmas Quiz with the ‘Far and Wide’ team of Sylvia, Lyndesay, Maria & Carol receiving the honours from Committee member Wilma Power.
(added 1 Jan 2015)

QUIZ HITS FESTIVE NOTE

Bury quiz winners It’s the Society’s 40th Anniversary year and we wish all our members and visitors an especially happy and successful 2015.
(added 27 Nov 2014)

SOLDIER’S GRAVE MARKED

Haverhill group’s WW1 & WW2 exhibition finished on a high when members heard their request for a CWGC memorial on the previously unknown grave of soldier buried in their cemetery had been agreed. We will remember them The discovery of Pte Stephen Webb’s grave was made by Secretary Charmian Thompson, pictured far right with other members, who had all contributed to the town’s Roll of Honour.
(added 1 Dec 2014)

MORE FUN AT THE SFHS FAIR

SFHS Fair Members and visitors alike received a warm welcome to the Fair, held in new Ipswich UCS waterfront venue.
Pictured: Howard King and Amanda Straderick on the door.

SFHS Fair On offer were a tempting mix of stalls, popular talks and a research room staffed by members from the Society’s groups.
Pictured: Ann Youngs & Jeanie Smith helping members Raymond & Shirley Beaumont from Nuneaton.
(added 23 Oct 2014)